AJE Component of the Month – April Reveal

This month’s components for the AJE challenge were ceramic buttons made by yours truly which could be used alone or as clasps. I love button closures…it goes back to my childhood when my seamstress Grandmother used to make clothes for me that were invariably finished with the cutest fabric covered shank buttons with little brass hooks or embroidered loops. They’ve long been used for jewellery too and I started making them myself in metal clay early last year so, when I was looking for inspiration for this months COM, and came across my moulds I decided to make some up in clay.

The button I chose to use myself is a little round stoneware one with a shell imprint and one of my favourite rustic glazes in a lovely earthy cream with blue green marbling.

I also love ocean inspired jewellery and I knew I had some art beads that would work well with the clasp as well as a matching set of my own stoneware beads in the same glaze plus a lovely sea green. I’ve long been hoarding one of Karen’s little whale beads and this was the perfect occasion to use it along with a cute lamp worked urchin bead from Caroline and a lamp worked soda bead from Jan Onipenco of Molten Mayhem. I also picked out some of my own bronze discs to add some texture and contrast.

I’ve made these up into a bracelet by simply stringing them on waxed Linen with seed bead spacers and finishing off with one of my bronze shell charms and a ceramic charm made with one of Caroline’s tiny birds. I’ve named it ‘Nantucket
Sound’ – I’ve never been there but from what I’ve read it just seemed

I really like how this has come together and I think the button closure gives it a sense of continuity.

Please use the links below to see what the rest of the AJE team and our guests have created with the button closures they were given…

Johana Nunez
Leah Curtis
Perri Jackson

AJE Team
 Lesley Watt
Keirsten GIles
Caroline Dewison
Rebekah Payne
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jen Cameron
Diana Ptaszynski
Kristen Stevens
Francesca Watson
Melissa Meman
Linda Landig
Sue Kennedy


26 thoughts on “AJE Component of the Month – April Reveal

  1. Beautiful design Lesley, there must have been something in the air with our inspiration! I've loved designing with your clasp, thank you for the beautiful component!

  2. Love the colors and your process of choosing the perfect elements. I would LOVE to sit by and observe, whilst you organize your stash and audition the components til arriving at such perfection! I have so much trouble deciding and finding the right mix. BTW, need a winning lottery ticket: I WANT this bracelet LOL

  3. This is just glorious Lesley! And I'm a fool for green. I love the bronze with it, the bumpy lampwork adds just the right splash of texture, and your little additions–birdie, whale and seashell–make it truly charming! (LOVE those big stoneware beads–yum!)

  4. Lesley, I want to thank you so much for the opportunity to use your beautiful understated clasp. I really so excited to use it – I adore the evocative shapes and textures.
    Your piece is a perfect, elegantly understated accessory. The touch of whimsy with the bird is absolutely charming.

  5. I love, love love this bracelet! The color palette is gorgeous and it was so many textures and materials in it. Wonderful design! Thank you so much for sharing your button components with us and for hosting this blog hop!

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